Beware of hazardous coastline, warns RNLI

Eastbourne RNLI call out May 2012.
Eastbourne RNLI call out May 2012.

A LIFEBOAT was launched to help hikers thought to be in danger of being cut off by the tide at Beachy Head

The skipper of a yacht rounding Beachy Head raised the alarm with Dover Coastguard when he noticed a couple on the beach and thought they had been cut off by the tide.

Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat was launched and arrived only to find the couple were aware of the state of the tide and were in no danger.

An RNLI spokesman said the incident served as a timely reminder to walkers tackling the potentially hazardous stretch of coastline that tide tables should be consulted before venturing along the beach between Birling Gap and Cow Gap.